Thursday, February 21, 2008

The Guessing-Game

This morning I had to buy some cake, so I went into a little German bakery in the old town and discovered that they also sell different kinds of hand-made bread. Big scary loaves with nuts and fruits and spices and small cute loaves with unidentifiable names. This is how it all started. With this cute-looking and aggressively named Cossack Bread (turned out to just be a decent sour rye-bread).

Or, to be more honest, it all started with a dinner at Manchester Airport about a week ago. One of my colleagues ordered a burger with haloumi and made our pretty waitress and her heavy accent all giggly when he asked for extra bacon on it ("Reeeely? Baacon on vegetaarean burger?" she said.) But it sparked a conversation on haloumi, which I, regrettably, had almost no experience with. So I got a bite, was reasonably impressed and reassured that it is surely to be found in Estonian supermarkets.

Alas, and not to a great surprise, in my home-supermarket there was absolutely no haloumi. After pestering a couple of sales-ladies I finally identified a weird, plastic packed Finnish-produced cheese, which to my eye, looked like haloumi might. It was called "juustoleipää" which translates into bread of cheese (or loaf of cheese?) and unfortunately is not made neither from goat nor sheep-milk, but you have to be flexible in terms of ingredients in this country.

And now here I was, with my cute little bread and my odd cheese and a vivid mental-picture of how it should taste, smell and look before consuming.

Posh grilled cheese:
2 thick slices of bread (I used my Cossack-bread but Bocatta would also be good)
Balsamico
honey (in liquid form)
1 baby-zucchini
1/2 glass of tomato-juice
1/4 clove of fresh chopped garlic
chopped parsley
sea-salt
~10 leaves of Oak Leaf Lettuce
2 pieces of chewy cheese (Haloumi or fake-Finnish stuff)

Mix some Balsamico and honey and sprinkle the bread slices with it on both sides. Slice the baby-zucchini with a peeler; quickly sear the slices with olive oil in a pan. Add the tomato juice, garlic, parsley and sea-salt. Keep on the heat (toss now and then) for ~5 min. Toast the bread (in oven or in a toaster). Cover one side of the cheese with honey and fry on a hot pan with the honey side down. When the honey starts caramelizing, cover the top side with honey and turn.
Serve the bread on top of the zucchini bed. Cover the bread with the lettuce leaves and then put the cheese on top.

1 comment:

Evelin said...

leipäjuusto ehk küpsetatud juust on ju ometi ülihea maiuspala:) ja vastupidiselt tulisoolasele halloumile sobib see nii soolasesse kui magusasse kaussi;)